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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

新屋入伙

今天,我们的新屋入伙了。
很高兴因为,终于有了属于自己的一个家。还有新的家私,厨房等等...
今天老公特地 webcam 我,让我也通过网上参与新屋入伙仪式...
那一刻,真的觉得好感动,好彩眼泪还控制得住... :-)

Although feel a bit sad that I'm not able to be there, but I'm very happy that my parents-in-law and bro-in-law are there to help celebrate for him... haha ^^

When I go back, I wanna be a good wife!
Learn to bake cake and scones for the kids and roast chicken for him...
And occasionally make some traditional Korean samgyupsal, samgyetang, kimchi-jigae, kimchi-samgyup, green tea icecream, pajeon, shikye... hahaha

Can't wait to go back to my comfy little nest soon!

Windmill Lounge, Lotte Hotel, Jeju

One of the most romantic places in Korea is the Lotte Hotel garden in Jeju. It has been the location set of so many dramas including All-In (올인) and Secret Garden (시크릿 가든 ). In All-In (올인), it was the scene where Song Hye-Kyo gave a birthday present to Lee Byung-Hun. In Secret Garden (시크릿 가든 ), it was where Hyun Bin gave a surprise meeting to Ha Ji-Won and Oska and had lunch together under the windmill.

Under the romantic lights of the windmill in the foggy evening

I first visited this place together with my hubby in August 2010. I was there to watch the volcano/fireworks show at 8.30pm but imagine the wonderful surprise I got when I saw the beautiful windmills, with their lighted blades moving in the night, cutting across the still night air. Took my breath away~ It was summer then and the weather was so humid and hot and I looked so tanned. Complemented my honeymoon look with a sexy red long summer dress ^^

Me in 2010

Me in 2010 and 2011~ :P

Lotte Hotel and poolside buffet
Romantic horse carriage ride in Lotte Hotel
One of my regrets during my Jeju trip with my hubby was that I shouldn't have thought about $$$ and went with him on that romantic Cinderella coach ride! Now I miss it~ :~((

It was one of my most romantic memories together with him... until the moment he got all sweaty and tired of taking a thousand photos of me :P Oh and since we didn't pay for the buffet, we could only watch part of the volcano/fireworks show from a distance.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bad.

Had an extremely bad day today.
Don't want to talk about it.
Just feel like shutting myself in the room and crying out loud.
OK, I shall do it now.

And get better tomorrow.

Jeju Itinerary - 2nd

Back from my conference/vacation in Jeju island! It was my second time to the island and I'm still not bored of it! The best thing that came out of this trip was that I managed to get a taxi tour contact. ^^ Btw, I realised that Jeju needs at max 2 days to explore... with a well-planned itinerary.

Global Taxi service (taxi tour)
English speaking driver - Kim, Chi Seang
Phone: 010-3693-6033
Email: kkk4110@yahoo.co.kr
Price: Usually 150USD (9am~5pm) for one taxi, but I guess with some haggling you could whittle it down to 120USD. *The guide speaks good English, very friendly and carries a Samsung Galaxy Pad. Can book him through email.

This is our itinerary for 3 days:

Day 1 (We went to East Jeju on this day, it is a very long route and at parts, difficult to get transportation. So we followed the taxi tour cos it was economical and would save us a lot of time!)
  • 9am - Reached Jeju airport
  • Checked in motel (opposite Ramada hotel, 30,000won per room per night)
  • Manjanggul lava tubes
  • Seongsan Ilchubong
  • Lunch - kalchi-gui in spicy sauce and salt-grilled kalchi-gui (damn, licking my lips now thinking of this meal!)
  • All-In house/ Seopjikoji (movie location)
  • Folk village (Don't buy stuff here, very expensive!)
  • Sangumburi crater
  • Mini-mini land
  • Back to motel
  • Explored the area around City Hall and had a beer
Day 2 (South Jeju - Jungmun area & Seogwipo-si, and a bit of the West. Transportation is easier in the south so didn't need to take taxi tour for this day)
  • 8am - Took airport limo bus to Seogwipo-si (5,000 one way per pax)
  • Cheonjiyeon waterfall (can buy souvenirs here, pretty cheap)
  • Jeongbang waterfall
  • Go to Jungmun, visit Cheonjaeyeon waterfall
  • Lunch - abalone porridge, beef bibimbap, doenjang beef soup
  • Yeomiji botanical gardens
  • Chocolate museum (West Jeju... very very far ~20,000 one way for one taxi)
  • Dinner - go back to Jungmun area, black pork BBQ (MASSHISOYO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • Lotte Hotel walk around (very beautiful garden, must go)
  • 9pm - Took airport limo bus from Lotte Hotel back to Jeju-si (5,000 one way per pax)
Day 3 (Jeju-si)
  • Went to conference at Ramada hotel
  • Yongduam Rock (Dragon head rock) - can buy souvenirs here, pretty cheap
  • Lunch at Yongduam area - okdong-gui fried fish and spicy soup
  • Loveland/ Mysterious Road (ask your cab driver to demonstrate at the Mysterious road)
  • Walked about in Yeondong - Shilla Duty Free shop
  • Ildo beach
  • Depart from Jeju airport

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bibim cold noodles~

On left: Bulgogi          On right: Bibim-style cold noodles
It's that time of the year again for the cold noodles (naeng myeon 냉면).......... Koreans like to eat this in summer time. It's so cool and refreshing for the body.

There are two types of cold noodles, I ordered the bibim-style cold noodles which has some spicy sauce added and it's dry style with just a little bit of cold soup. There's half an egg and some slices of cucumber on top. Use a scissors to cut it up, down, sideways (가위로 냉면을 자르다) and you're ready to go~! The shop I ate in just now is a favorite with the university crowd cos you can order a set of 2 naeng myeon + 1 serving of bulgogi meat for 11,000won. And get a free refill of yuk su  (meat-flavoured hot soup 온 욕수) from the kettle. Yummers!!
 

And this is how I look like now after I went to the hairdresser's and got my dry, yellowish split ends all snipped off! Again 가위로 머리를 자르다........ the hairdresser helped me to blow-dry and style it so it looks volume-ish! *^^*

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Baseball game again.

Went to a baseball game last Saturday with my labmates. 

Last year: went to the game in May
This year: went in June but the weather felt similarly hot. It was so hot that I got a migraine after the game and had an excruciating pain in my right eye till 2am at night.
Last year: wore a cheap sky blue cap which I got from the university front street
This year: wore the expensive MLB (Major League Baseball) cap for the first time since my Korean friends gave it to me last year as my birthday present. Now only I know what it means, the pink emblem in front stands for St. Louis Cardinals. I like my baseball look more this year compared to last year because of my aviator shades haha.    

Last year: went with my Malaysian friends
This year: went with my Indian, Finnish and Korean labmates. Going with Koreans made it easier to understand the game though I should know it well since I played it in high school! Now I remember the rule of 3 strikes, 4 balls, and first foul counts as strike 1 but you can foul no matter how many times on the 2nd. And 3 batters out ends the inning.

Last year: tied the orange balloon on my head
This year: my Korean friend helped me to tie the Minnie mouse ribbon!! *happy*

Jae Ho, Tiina and I
Tiina and I looking cute in our orange Minnie ribbons
Wish I was on the batting ground............
Have a good time
Last week I learnt the word "즐기다" which means "Have a good time".

인생에서 제일 종요한 것은 즐겁게 사는 것이라고 생각합니다. 
"The most important thing in life is to have an enjoyable time."

Which is so true. Life is so limited, so throw away all your worries and just kickback, relax, and have a good time. ^^


Went shopping in Seomyeon after church on Sunday. Trying to achieve the Korean look, so I bought a sheer pinkish blouse to go with high-waist jeans shorts. And a grandmother flowery dress which I am wearing now. ^^

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Historic Park of Geojedo - P.O.W. Camp

Historic Park of Geojedo - P.O.W. Camp
거제도 포로소용소 유적공원 (Korean)
巨堤岛 俘虏收容所 遗迹公园 (Chinese)

On May 14th, I joined the university spring field trip to visit the historic park P.O.W. (prisoner-of-war) camp in Geoje island. First of all, I must say I really look forward to the field trips organized twice a year by the university for foreign students, cos they are quite educational and I get to know and talk to some new people during the trips. Geoje island (Geojedo) is about a one hour bus ride away from Busan.

During the Korean war (1950-1953), a P.O.W. camp was built in Geoje island to hold up to 173,000 prisoners of war. After the signing of truce on July 27, 1953, the camp was closed. The camp was then turned into a historic park/ museum in 1999 to educate the next generation about the inhumanities of war and that everybody should pursue peaceful coexistence living in this world. 

Amidst the beauty of Geoje island, this is the second most depressing place I have ever visited in my life, the first being the notorious S-21 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. That experience was too depressing till I can't bring myself to blog about it. But I digress.

Beautiful Geoje island
Metal sculpture at resting point
Before I visited Geojedo, I heard that this island is so beautiful, filled with flowers during springtime. That made me want to visit it very much, especially now that there is a new subway line and bridge connecting Geojedo to Busan. However, I didn't get to see much flowers during this trip. 

Arriving at the Historic Park of Geojedo P.O.W. camp
In front of the P.O.W. Diorama


From Wikipedia, a diorama is a 3D, full-size replica of a landscape typically showing historical events, nature scenes or cityscapes, for purposes of education or entertainment. The first building we entered into was the P.O.W. diorama which vivified the layout and living conditions of the Geoje P.O.W. camp. On both sides of the escalator there were cardboard models of the North Korean, China and South Korea army leaders lining up on the way. There was a huge miniature replica of the camp showing the P.O.W. going about their daily activities, complete with commands, propaganda in the Korean language blaring out from the speakers above. The communist-style background music only added to the gloomy atmosphere.

One thing that irritated me was the ignorance of some of my fellow comrades that visited the museum - they were asking questions like: "Why isn't there India flag? Why isn't there Malaysian inside?" Firstly, it showed that they had no interest whatsoever in actually trying to understand something about the place we were visiting. It was a P.O.W. camp for the Korean war. So do they mean they wish that their country ancestors were captured and imprisoned in that depressing place? And secondly, it showed the lack of common sense and historical knowledge. Malaysia hadn't gained independence until 1957, so of course there wouldn't be any Malaysians participating in that event... All they know is just to take pictures of ""me! me! me!" here and there... total fail @_@   


Bridge on the Daedong River
As the ROK troops retreated again due to the intervention of the Chinese army in the war, the refugees set out on the rough and miserable journey for freedom crossing the destroyed railway bridge on the Daedong river.  

Outdoor artifacts
Special projected image in the glasscase display
One thing I like about Korean museums is that they have very innovative displays. In the picture above they projected 2 miniature people into the glass display case and you can hear their conversation from the speakers. It made the display more informative and lively.

International friends - from Iran, Finland and Korea
Visited the life-size outdoor compound which they erected replicas of the P.O.W. camp. Some were too over-realistic I felt, the prisoners were depicted shitting and peeing with their manhood sticking out and they even had replicas of the shit and flies around it... too over lorr...

Multi-colored ribbons with peace messages
China lion statue
Some of the Chinese prisoners were too homesick that they built a lion statue in the camp grounds to remind them of home. 

Although this was a somewhat depressing experience that left a mild distaste in my mind, I am going to Geojedo again for church camp next two weeks. Hope that's gonna rejuvenate my feeling about the beautiful Geoje island.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Haeundae Sand Festival 2011

Summer time is officially here! Temperatures here have gone above the 30C mark! Last Sunday I slipped on my flip-flops for the first time this year and went to the beach for the Haeundae Sand Festival (해운대 모래 축제). I can still remember the theme last year which was Famous Buildings of the World, and the good times I had with my Malaysian friends. It was really enjoyable and memorable. But well, we all have to move on, right?

This year's theme was "Once Upon A Time". The sand sculptures were more of the fairytale variety - Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Frog Prince, Tom Thumb, Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz. It was so beautiful to see the fairytales come alive on the beach. If only they had people dressed up in fancy costumes and walking around... that would have completed the whole theme!

Also, I get brown very quickly, although, having lived with my pigmentation for 28 years this has no longer come as a surprise to me. Just thought it was worth mentioning in my blog that my whitening efforts during the winter is all gone now in one day!!!!!! (actually not much effort, just didn't get to sun much...) *Weep... Today it was so hot and everybody in campus started walking around in short denims, summer dresses and sandals. The only difference from the "real summer" is that it is still dry now compared to the humidity that's gonna come later... And headache is starting to develop because it is so hot and suffocating inside the lab and dorm room because the central air-conditioning is not turned on yet... 

June is going to be a crazy month for me with so many things lined up... it is the end of the first semester so it is also known as the exam month... coming up:

June 11 - Baseball game in stadium
June 14 - Korean language exam
June 17-18 - Church retreat to Geoje island
June 20 - Masters seminar presentation
June 21 - Final exam for LR-WPAN class
June 22-24 - Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEK) conference in Jeju island

Some of the best sand sculptures of the Haeundae Sand Festival 2011:

Fairy tale group structure: Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood

Wizard of Oz
Alice in Wonderland

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

49 Days (49 일)


It's June! Which means there's 8 more months before I go back to Malaysia for good...*yay*!

When I first saw the drama poster of "49 Days", I thought that it was going to be boring because it looked so bland and white. But the other day I was too bored after finishing my CSI season so I gave "49 Days" a try... and now I'm hooked! It's one of the few Korean dramas which I can keep chasing and chasing... which is worth mentioning because I'm usually so slow in watching Korean dramas... there's so many beautiful girls and handsome guys in the cast, and the down-to-earth storyline (not extravagantly rich people, young couple who's about to get married) makes me able to relate to my daily life here.

In Chinese culture, it is believed that after a person dies, the 49th day is the day that the spirit returns to visit his/her family, that's why family members usually hold a wake for the deceased on that day. I'm not sure whether it is the same case in Korean culture though, but the name of the drama seems to indicate that...

Main cast of "49 Days"

Synopsis:
The girl and guy on the right are Shin Ji-Hyun and Kang Min-Ho, the couple who were about to get married before the girl got into a car crash and fell into a coma. Ji-Hyun borrows the body of the lady in the middle, Song Yi-Kyung, and tries to gain 3 drops of tears from 3 different people outside her family who genuinely love her and will cry for her. She has to do this within 49 days before the reaper, or the guy on the 2nd left who calls himself "Scheduler", takes her away in an elevator to heaven.


Love all the dresses in the movie, and of course the hairstyles... why do Korean girls have to be soooo pretty?

One thing I didn't like about the main actress Ji-Hyun is that she likes to wear circle lense, which makes her irises look exceptionally fake. But well, it does makes her look more like a ghost, which for the most part, is her role in the movie. And it gives me the creeps whenever she bends over the sleeping Yi-Kyung to take over her body at night. Yi-Kyung also looks a bit too mature for her role in the drama, can't foresee any chemistry between her and Han Kang. But I love love love the "villain BFF" In-Jung, she's so tall and pretty!

Anyway, look forward to all the nights bunking up in my comfy bed and watching this drama late into the night... ^^